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Diversity Practitioners Retreat (3 Day Event)

Date: Monday - June 24, 2013
Location: Sleeping Lady Resort

Who Should Attend

If you are a Diversity Director, Coordinator, if you chair or serve on a diversity committee or are an advocate for diversity in your school, and you have a strong interest in collaborating with others in similar roles from across the association, then this conference is for you.

“Our first diversity practitioners retreat offered a great opportunity to meet colleagues, discuss challenges and plan future collaboration. The planning committee and facilitator did an amazing job to get practical results from the discussions. I am looking forward to next year's retreat. Thank you for putting this together.” - Yaneth Vrentas, The Meridian School, 2012 Retreat Attendee

Over this three-day conference, attendees will explore the ongoing journey of our institutions around the work of equity and social justice.   Workshops on Monday’s sessions will be led by the talented planning committee and will focus on reflecting on the year at its conclusion, celebrating institutional milestones and exploring case studies of challenges.  These sessions will result in practical solutions and valuable relationships that will support your work and the work of your school over the coming year.  Wednesday will expand the possibilities of connections and content further by engaging the attendees of the Leadership Institute in an Open Space Session.  Learn more about what an open space session is, how to prepare and how to maximize its value here.

Tuesday will feature a full day workshop with Maketa Wilborn, which will provide a framework to consider institutional growth along the pathway of equity and an action plan to propel your school forward.

Leading Toward Equity Environments That Work: Where We Are & Where We're Heading
This highly interactive session will invite and challenge diversity practitioners to assess the equity environment of their institution.  We will use the 3 Stages of Institutional Growth as a foundation for this informal assessment.  Through honest sharing of personal and professional experiences within our institutions the five dimensions of these growth stages will come to life.  Building on these insights, practitioners will be introduced to the key catalysts for organizational transformation so that they think strategically about what is needed to  move their organization toward greater equity and inclusion.

Through reflection and active participation in this full-day session we will reach the following outcomes:

  • Insight into the current development stage(s) of our individual institutions related to each the five dimensions
  • An understanding of the catalysts for organizational transformation and what will be necessary to move our institutions toward greater equity and inclusion
  • Deeper connections and a stronger alliance with other diversity practitioners developed through storytelling and relationship building
  • Individual goals and action plans to guide our efforts moving forward
  • New tools and ‘best practices’ to support our work

Workshop Facilitator: Maketa Wilborn

After an outstanding workshop last year, Mr. Wilborn will join participants again to lead the full-day workshop.   He is a national corporate and youth development trainer and organizational development consultant. He designs and facilitates team building, leadership, strategic visioning, community drumming and diversity trainings. In addition to his independent consulting work he is the Co-founder and Co-director of New Wilderness Project, a national educational program that focuses on diversity awareness, student achievement, teacher training and leadership. He is an associate of Source Consulting Group and the Grove Consultants International. Maketa has extensive experience working with diverse groups from local cooperatives, to universities, to small business to international Fortune 100 companies.  We are thrilled to have him back for a second consecutive year.

This year’s conference will build on the success of the inaugural Diversity Practitioner’s Retreat in 2012.

Agenda and Program Outline
The conference will begin at 3pm on Monday June 24, 2013 and continue until Friday June 26, 2013 at 12pm

Monday June 24, 2013
2:00pm: Registration
2:30-5:00: Programming
5:00-6:00: Reception
6:00: Dinner

Tuesday June 25, 2013
8:00: Breakfast
9:00-12:00: Programming
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-3:30: Programming
5:00-6:00: Reception
6:00: Dinner

Wednesday June 26, 2013
8:00: Breakfast
9:00-12:00: Programming
12:00: Conference Conclusion

“The retreat is a wonderful way to connect with others, relax in a beautiful setting, and focus yourself for the upcoming year.”
– Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girl’s School, 2012 Retreat Attendee

Registration – Includes Meals and Programming
PNAIS Attendees

  • Early Bird (By May 3): $425
  • Regular (By June 3): $475
  • Late (After June 3): $550

  • Non-PNAIS Attendees: $600

TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

  • For registrations completed by mail or online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.
  • Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.

Watch our short Online Registration how-to video. For best results, click the play icon (triangle) and then allow the video to load before starting playback.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by June 14, 2013vare eligible for a refund after a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after June 14, 2013 are ineligible for any refund.

Travel Reimbursement
Click here for travel share reimbursement form


Sleeping Lady Resort is a leading Northwest destination – Sleeping Lady embodies the natural beauty and history of Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley.  Learn More about Sleeping Lady Resort.

The rooms at Sleeping Lady are spacious and have room for multiple attendees.  If cost of attending is a concern, consider sharing a room with a colleague and splitting the cost of accommodations.

To make your reservations to stay at Sleeping Lady please fax in the reservation form.  

Please note: space may fill at this location, and overflow arrangements will be made at another local hotel.  Those who do not stay onsite will still join attendees for all meals and activities.  If you feel strongly about staying at the Sleeping Lady Resort, register for your room early.  

Spouses / Partners are welcome to attend.  The cost of attendance for additional people is added to your room rate and paid to Sleeping Lady Resort directly.  The cost is $78 per night for adults and $33 per night for children 5-12 years old.

Bringing Your Family?
Sleeping Lady Resort is a wonderful place for families to share some time together. To register guests that will not be attending the conference, use the Sleeping Lady Reservation form.  There is no additional fee due to PNAIS.  Sleeping Lady Resort charges the following fees for non-conference attendees to cover the cost of meals:

  • Additional Spouse/Partner/Adult/Child (13+)  - $78 plus 8.1% tax ($84.32 per night) for a total of $168.64  
  • Children 5-12 years old - $33 plus 8.1% tax ($35.67 per night) for a total of $71.34
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